Statice on the Bluff in Corona del Mar
89cm x 94cm / 35in x 37in
Oil on Linen
On the bluffs overlooking Big Corona beach in Newport, I found this very typical and profuse California coastal plant in full bloom. The huge, thick leaves are sculptural, and contrast nicely with tall and delicate, stiff purple flowers. I painted the simple composition quickly, with the waves behind, a perfect distant background to set off the plants. The rich violet and deep shadow work contrast with the light pastel color of the Pacific Ocean on a warm winter day.